Sunday 24 September 2017

US beauty title a dream come true for Indian Nina

Aspiring doctor Nina Davuluri is overcome as she is crowned the 2014 Miss America by last year's winner Mallory Hagan
Aspiring doctor Nina Davuluri is overcome as she is crowned the 2014 Miss America by last year's winner Mallory Hagan

Wayne Parry

A STUNNED Nina Davuluri has become the first Miss America of Indian heritage.

Her elderly grandmother told how she cried when she saw the news from Atlantic City, New Jersey, on TV.

"I am very, very happy. It was her dream and it was fulfilled," said 89-year-old Vege Koteshwaramma from her home in the city of Vijaywada, in Andhra Pradesh.

US-born Ms Davuluri (24) began the first day of her reign the same way most of her predecessors did – with a frolic in the surf.

The beauty queen wants to be a doctor and is applying to medical school with the help of a $50,000 (€37,000) scholarship she won as part of the pageant title.

RACISM

Moments after winning, Ms Davuluri said: "I'm so happy this organisation has embraced diversity. I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."

Meanwhile, supermodel Naomi Campbell has accused fashion designers of snubbing black and Asian models. She said the situation had deteriorated since she made her name in the industry more than 25 years ago.

In an interview on Channel 4 News last night, the 43-year-old denied she was calling the industry racist.

However, she added: "I'm saying the act of not choosing models of colour is racist. So we're not calling them racist, we are saying the act is racist."

Ms Campbell has lent her voice to the Coalition, a group of professionals who issued an open letter to Fashion Week councils in London, New York, Milan and Paris listing the designers they said used only one or no black models in last season's shows.

She said that during last year's New York Fashion Week, only 6pc of models were black and 9pc Asian.

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